A trip to the herb border in mid-summer is pure aromatherapy: the lemon verbena in the picture, for instance, smells so much like citrus it's used instead of lemons to flavor seafood dishes.
During a sultry summer afternoon the herb garden is a symphony of scents: the lingering persistence of rosemary, the restorer of memories, the sharpness of mint, refreshing like a tall glass of water, the pungent smell of sage asserting itself from the middle of the border, the pious intensity of holy basil, inspiring wisdom and reverence, the clean scent of lavender.
At high noon, the smell of overheated dill brings back happy memories of childhood and the spicy thyme creeping around stone walkways is cooler than wet rocks around a forest brook.
Herbs are meant to be planted where people are likely to enjoy their fragrance, that's why you often find them by the front door, by the garden gate, around the patio, and very likely in a pot on the kitchen windowsill, where their glorious fragrance can be appreciated even in the dead of winter.
If you don't plant them for fragrance, plant them for luck. Old wives' tales consider most herbs good luck charms.

Author's Bio: 

Main Areas: Garden Writing; Sustainable Gardening; Homegrown Harvest
Published Books: “Terra Two”; “Generations”; "The Plant - A Steampunk Story"; "Letters to Lelia"; "Fair"; "Door Number Eight"; "A Year and A Day"; "Möbius' Code"; "Between Mirrors"; "The Blue Rose Manuscript"
Career Focus: Author; Consummate Gardener;
Affiliation: All Year Garden; The Weekly Gardener; Francis Rosenfeld's Blog

I started blogging in 2010, to share the joy of growing all things green and the beauty of the garden through the seasons. Two garden blogs were born: allyeargarden.com and theweeklygardener.com, a periodical that followed it one year later. I wanted to assemble an informal compendium of the things I learned from my grandfather, wonderful books, educational websites, and my own experience, in the hope that other people might use it in their own gardening practice.